8 Energy Busting Activities for in the House


Winter weather doesn’t entice me to want to go outside. Its too cold to have fun and wear off much, if any energy, or its too wet and they are soaked within minutes and back in the house. I’m getting creative because my kids are driving me up the walls with their energy.

Finding ways to get their energy out safely in the house without wrecking the house calls for a little creativity.

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Twister is a great place to start.

You can use the actual game, or you can make your own with an old table cloth and markers.

Build a fort.

You might have to let go of any sort of organization or tidiness in your living room for the time being. Some blankets, pillows, cushions, and chair or two.


There might not be a lot of moving around to this one but kids love to help out.


A plain balloon is super fun for kids, and I admit I can’t <em>not</em> hit one if its coming towards me. Add another level of fun and slip notes into them for fun actions – pop the balloon – act like a ___.

Pretend to be…

Mom, if you want to sit long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee simply call out different animal names and let them walk around acting like animals. Think “action” version of Ole McDonald Had A Farm.

Red Light, Green Light

This is simple for moms like the one above. We like to say different ways to move, ie: crab walk, jump on one foot.

Freeze Dance.

Crank the music, and then pause it! Dancing to music is a great workout for moms too!

Simon Says.

My kids take turns being Simon, and then Momma steps in and calms them down before handing the reins back to them for extended fun. And my taking a turn keeps them from fighting too much.

For some more ideas to keep your kids busy and entertained you can check out my some of my boredom busters.

What do you do with your kids on cold snowy days or wet rainy days?

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I am a work at home mom with three children aged seven and under. I blog at Forgetful Momma early in the morning, at naptime (when they actually happen) and in the evenings if I can stay awake long enough. I love sharing recipes, fun activities for children and families alike, and the little things in life that I don't want to forget.
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11 responses to “8 Energy Busting Activities for in the House”

  1. Dandi D — February 23, 2016 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    These are some really great ideas for bad weather days!

  2. Danika S — February 23, 2016 @ 7:16 pm (#)

    Love all the ideas, thanks for sharing.

  3. kathy downey — February 24, 2016 @ 8:23 am (#)

    OMG,these are all great,i can see me drinking my coffee and making animals noises….haha a good one !!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen — February 24, 2016 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    wonderful ideas. Loved the photo, you can see he’s just tearing along full of energy, beautiful 🙂

  5. Laurie P — February 25, 2016 @ 10:03 am (#)

    Totally forgot about Simon Says…..thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Treen Goodwin — February 25, 2016 @ 10:17 am (#)

    great ideas thanks for sharing them , we will def be trying them out 🙂

  7. Julie — March 13, 2016 @ 6:03 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips, this will come in handy as we head into March Break!

  8. Liberty J — March 23, 2016 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    This includes some great activities for kids thanks for sharing.

  9. Darlene W — June 9, 2016 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    great ideas that’s are lots of fun, thank you

  10. Darlene W — August 24, 2016 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I tend to do crafts with the grandkids or we read a book together

  11. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 29, 2017 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    This photo is a really good one, it actually shows all the energy he’s putting into speeding along the path and what a look of determination on his bonny little face. 🙂

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